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Letter: Nominating process is rigged to benefit Clinton

Nominating process is rigged to benefit Clinton

Since President Obama took office in 2009, promising his fundamental transformation of America, nearly 14 million Americans are no longer in the labor force, with participation rates not seen this low since President Jimmy Carter. During the same period, tuition at public colleges has skyrocketed at triple the rate of inflation. While professors and college administrators are doing extremely well, their graduates are finding their credentials a poor fit for the real-world job market, where wages remain stagnant at best.

Ironically, many of the now disillusioned young voters who helped elect Obama have gravitated to Bernie Sanders, a Democratic socialist who believes Obama’s transformation didn’t go far enough.

The Democratic National Committee establishment exerts control by reserving 712 votes for superdelegates, comprising members of Congress, governors and other party officials. The Associated Press says these represent 30 percent of the 2,382 delegates needed to win the nomination. As a result, despite barely winning Iowa and being trounced in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton enjoys a massive 481-55 lead. The AP and others report that many Sanders supporters consider the Democratic nominating process “decidedly undemocratic, rigged in favor of Clinton.”

Liberal pundits are divided. Ruth Marcus’ Feb. 18 column suggested Sanders’ supporters “should get a grip.” E.J. Dionne, always ready with a defense of the indefensible, says Democrats merely need to convince the American public that what they are experiencing is not real.

Meanwhile, it is quite likely that Sanders could win a solid majority of primary delegates but lose the nomination. That would make for an interesting convention in Philadelphia.

Malcolm Vanderburgh